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County of Sonoma Probation Department
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Adult Services

Special Services

Mental Health Caseloads:

Probation, in cooperation with Mental Health and/or individual providers, works with probationers who experience compound issues of mental illness, substance abuse, unstable housing or homelessness, employment issues and limited support systems within the community. Efforts are made to stabilize living situations, monitor abstinence, and seek appropriate intervention through medication/counseling. Appropriate living arrangements or placements are sought when necessary. A team approach with treatment providers and/or mental health case managers, law enforcement, the Superior Court, District Attorney, Public Defender and Probation has been developed to work with individuals on these caseloads allowing for more effective intervention and promoting more independent functioning within the community. These services are cost effective in that they reduce the number of days these offenders spend revolving in and out of jail.

Domestic Violence Caseloads:

These caseloads were established in conjunction with the local Domestic Violence Court as part of a team effort with local agencies to formulate effective intervention and accountability for this population of probationers. Working with the Court, District Attorney, Public Defender, law enforcement, victim assistance, and treatment providers, Probation monitors all aspects of an individual's adherence to Court orders, participation in treatment, and behavior toward the victim. One of the foremost goals in working with this population is for Probation to assist in breaking the cycle of violence in the present situation which allows for the development of more productive communication skills and the possibility of safe, healthy family relationships.

Sex Offender Caseload:

Probation closely supervises individuals on this caseload for compliance with Court orders and involvement in necessary treatment. Working with local and state law enforcement agencies as well as treatment providers allows Probation to provide a broader level of oversight while also gauging the extent of the individual's participation in treatment. A combination of accountability and intervention through treatment are key aspects of working more effectively with individuals on this caseload to dissuade recidivism and to promote long term compulsory life changes.

Gang Caseload:

In partnership with law enforcement, Probation provides intensive supervision to individuals assigned to this caseload. A primary focus of supervision is to deter continued involvement in gang activity and related criminal conduct while encouraging productive lifestyle choices. This includes promoting employment, education, positive associations, drug/alcohol abstinence and necessary counseling/treatment while holding individuals accountable for behavior which is gang related, criminal or contradictory to Court ordered probation conditions.

1210 PC/Prop 36 Caseload:

The purpose of this caseload is to match probationers with appropriate levels of substance abuse and alcohol treatment while overseeing their adherence to Court orders. Probation, the Superior Court, District Attorney, Public Defender, case managers and treatment providers work together to maximize opportunities for individuals in this program. Viable treatment plans allow motivated individuals to realistically address substance abuse problems and move forward toward becoming contributing members of the community.

Intensive Supervision Caseloads:

Individuals on these caseloads receive a higher level of probation supervision based on any number of identifying issues which may include the nature of the offense, an extensive history of criminal conduct, recurring substance abuse problems and assaultive behavior. The ratio of probationers to supervising officers is lower among these caseloads, which enables Officers to monitor these individuals more closely, thereby increasing public safety. As with all caseloads, Probation accesses available community resources in working with these persons including drug and alcohol treatment, vocational training, counseling, parenting classes and other forms of assistance.

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